Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion

1st Edition

Lauren Berlant

Routledge
Published March 2, 2004
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415970525 - CAT# RT0520
Series: Essays from the English Institute

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Summary

In Compassion, ten scholars draw on literature, psychoanalysis, and social history to provide an archive of cases and genealogies of compassion. Together these essays demonstrate how "being compassionate" is shaped by historical specificity and social training, and how the idea of compassion takes place in scenes that are anxious, volatile, surprising, and even contradictory.

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